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Field Marshal Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon PC (1675 – 20 December 1740) was a Britishmarker military officer and statesman.

Born in Westminstermarker, Middlesexmarker, Boyle inherited the title of Viscount Shannon from his paternal grandfather, Francis Boyle, 1st Viscount Shannon, in 1699. On 7 July 1702, he married Mary Sackville, who died twelve years later, bearing no children. He entered the House of Commonsmarker in 1708 as Member of Parliament (MP) for Arundel, then he served successively as MP for Hythe and East Grinstead. In January 1720, Boyle remarried, this time to Grace Senhouse, and they had one child, Grace Boyle. That same year, Boyle was constituted the Commander in Chief of the Irishmarker military forces by King George II, and in 1721, he was appointed to the Privy Council. In 1739, he received a promotion to the rank of field marshal; however, he died a year after receiving it.


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